More than 100 volunteers showed up to Shillito Park to build new playground

Posted at 1:19 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 18:36:02-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — More than 100 people showed up to Shillito Park on Thursday to help build a new playground, which will feature equipment that's accessible to kids of all abilities.

"This is a great opportunity to give back, to do something good for the community," said volunteer Carl Sullivan. "And who doesn't like to go play on the playground?"

The playground will be built to last about 50 years and will be more inclusive.

"We have our city's first wheelchair accessible merry-go-round. We've got all kinds of different types of swings with poured-in-place surfacing so they're easy to get to," said Deputy Director for Lexington Parks & Recreation Michael Johnson.

The community build continues through Sunday. Volunteers ages ten and older are still needed for this weekend. Children younger than ten can join on Sunday with adult supervision.

"I think it will bring a lot, especially with all of the accessibility we're offering. It's showing that all children of all background can have fun and play," said volunteer Amber Hollon.

You can sign up to volunteer here.

Volunteers hope to finish building the new playground next week.